“Der aktuelle Verhandlungsstand sieht vor, dass es keinen Schutz für bloße Reproduktionen von gemeinfreien Werken geben soll. Damit wäre die jüngste BGH-Entscheidung hinfällig.”
From our perspective the most positive development is the fact that based on an amendment proposed by the European Parliament, the negotiators have provisionally agreed to include a Public Domain clause in Article 5 of the Directive. This clause intended to ensure that reproductions of works in the public domain can no longer be protected by copyright or neighbouring rights (as it is currently the case in a number of EU member states such as Germany and Spain). This is not only welcome because it would solve a real problem or because it would turn one of the recommendations of our Public Domain Manifesto into law, but also because it will be the first ever mention of Public Domain in EU copyright framework!
Zum Ende des Gemeinfreitags dank BGH: